Practice Development Advisor

Reference number: 47994

Title: Practice Development Advisor

Location: Homebased, working across the South West and Wales with occasional National Travel

Salary: £31,045 pro rata per annum

Hours: 30-32 hours per week

Closing date: Sunday 14 August 2022

Interview date: TBC

Contract type: Permanent

Job advert:

​​Are you able to lead practice and improve the quality of life for adults with complex disabilities?

An exciting opportunity is now available to join the Sense Quality Team and work as part of the Practice Development Team. We are looking to build and strengthen the team in order to offer the best possible support to all at Sense.

About the role:

This role will involve working in a national team of qualified and experienced practitioners across adult Operational services to build a real understanding of unique and complex needs. You will also support staff across multiple teams to build upon existing skills and knowledge and have a responsibility for staff training and development in core areas using a coaching and mentoring approach. Using Person Centred practice, Active Support and Positive Behaviour Support you will steer practice in order to support people to live the life they choose.

About you:

If you are a proven, skilled practitioner, knowledgeable, flexible, can work as part of an established team of qualified professionals, a role model, can take a lead role in groups, want a new challenge and feel you can really contribute to the work of Sense we want to hear from you.

Your duties can include:

  • To role model best practice at all times and be able to mentor staff and deliver workshops/projects around key areas of best practice and work with operational teams to embed outcomes.
  • To conduct functional assessments and make recommendations which will be of direct benefit to each person and support staff teams to embed recommendations in a practical way.
  • To deliver staff training in Personalisation and Positive Behaviour Support as well as bespoke training in all areas of best practice.
  • To facilitate high quality, outcome focussed person centred reviews.
  • To mentor new facilitators, ensuring high quality, outcome focussed reviews are developed and maintained.
  • To contribute to PBS Plans when required.

Full job specification is attached below. We welcome applications even if you don’t fully meet the job specification as we can offer a development opportunity for this role.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact- Jo via 07500956836.

Your required skills and experiences:

  • Proven experience of supporting adults with complex disabilities in positive ways.
  • Experience of delivering training, workshops or presentations to others.
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of Personalisation, Positive Behaviour Support and Active Support and the benefits of these approaches.
  • Proven ability to communicate with people with complex disabilities including those who are deafblind.
  • An ability to undertake assessments in a specialist role with people who are congenitally deafblind or have a complex disability.

Working at Sense gives you a wide range of benefits including:

  • 24 days’ holiday + bank holidays; increasing with length of service
  • Free DBS Check
  • Free leadership and management development (such as our award winning Growing Stronger Leaders Together programme) 
  • Free access to over 100 online and face to face training including the care certificate.
  • On-going development opportunities
  • Flexible working and family friendly policies
  • Employee referral scheme
  • Health and well-being support
  • Pension Scheme
  • Discount scheme 

About Sense:

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. In addition, we have excellent training and development, the opportunity for you to join our Group Personal Pension scheme and a generous annual leave entitlement.

Work at Sense can be demanding and so isn’t for everyone, but it is also incredibly rewarding and valuable. Take a look at the video below to see why we do what we do.

To apply:

Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your supporting statement to shortlist candidates for interview; in relation to the Personal Specification. Therefore, it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines, job description and person specification (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

Please note to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time.

No agency submissions please: any submissions without prior authorisation from the Sense Recruitment Team will be treated as our own and as such no fee will be payable.

If you require any further assistance, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0121 415 6735 or

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore, all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For this role we particularly welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds and candidates with disabilities. Sense is committed to equality of opportunity, and to promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, volunteers and the people we work with. Everyone's contribution is valued and we ensure they're given the opportunity to realise their potential. We welcome applications from talented people from all sections of the community who share our values and belief that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. For more information please visit:

Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

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